Nationally recognized for her work in advancing the implementation of evidence-based practices in social service settings, Dr. Proctor is a pioneer in the field of mental health services research.
For more than a decade, Dr. Proctor has led the Brown School’s Center for Mental Health Services Research. Continually funded by the National Institute for Mental Health since its inception in 1993, the Center collaborates with its national network of research partners to build a base of evidence designed to address the challenges of delivering mental health services to vulnerable populations. The Center is the only one of its kind that is part of a social work school.
Dr. Proctor’s scholarship has significantly advanced the field of mental health services research. Specifically, her work to improve depression care to older adults has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Aging. She is also a national leader in the scientific study of the movement of health practices from clinical knowledge to practical applications. Her distinguished career as a research also is reflected in the more than 100 books and articles that she has published or co-published over the years.
Nationally, she was appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health: the only social work researcher to receive this prestigious appointment. She also serves as strategic planning expert to the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and as an external reviewer to the Institute of Medicine. Among her numerous awards includes recognition by the National Association of Social Workers and the Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Dr. Proctor’s passion for the Brown School and Washington University is evident. She currently serves as the School’s associate dean for faculty. In this role, she assures that each junior faculty member has a plan and support system for mentoring, professional development, excellence in teaching, and scholarly feedback. She also works with faculty to build collaborations, opportunities to present and engage each others’ research, and help faculty members extend the applications of their research for impact on practice and policy.
She also chairs the School’s Evidence-based Task Force, which looks at ways the School can help infuse new standards of evidence, effectiveness, and accountability in both social work research and practice.
Dr. Proctor is a member of the Faculty Advisory Council for Washington University's Institute for Public Health.
A generous and committed teacher to both doctoral and master’s students, Dr. Proctor’s teaching focuses on research and evaluation methodology, and social work in health and mental health care settings. She also leads a pre-and postdoctoral training program, now in its 13th year with NIMH support.